Ireland begins public consultation on national waste plan

A new national waste policy for Ireland has moved a step closer today (5 August) with the publication of a consultative discussion document outlining the key steps towards that goal.

The Irish Government has committed to putting in place a national waste policy that will adhere to the EU waste hierarchy and deliver a coherent approach to waste management, minimising reliance on landfill and maximising resource recovery.

The discussion document has been prepared against that background. It is designed to promote debate and to provide an opportunity for interested parties to input into the development of a policy framework that will drive forward the country’s waste management strategy.

Launching the document, Environment Minister Phil Hogan emphasised the importance of ensuring that the new policy is informed by a broad range of interests.

“In addition to receiving the essential perspectives of analysts of waste policy and the waste industry itself, I am anxious also to receive the views of the public and those businesses and other organisations which are customers of waste services.

“The discussion document is not prescriptive – instead it sets out a range of possible policy initiatives and issues for wider consideration.”

The consultation period will close on 30 September 2011 and it is intended that the finalised policy will be completed by the end of the year

The discussion document can be viewed here

Maxine Perella

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